Rimington 6, Feniscowles 5

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RIMINGTON came back from the brink of defeat to snatch a victory which looked most unlikely with five minutes remaining.

The champs started brightly as Lloyd fired in a rasping shot, which the keeper couldn’t keep out to open the scoring in the fourth minute.

A long kick downfield by Kershaw was then mis-judged by the keeper and Lloyd was on hand to tap home for 2-0.

The hosts were rampant and Dinsdale should probably have done better with a header which looped just over.

Slowly though the visitors began to control the game with their two wide men causing problems and the front two looking lively, Kershaw called upon twice to keep them at bay.

However, he was powerless to prevent them pulling a goal back as the left-winger unleashed a 25-yard screamer giving him no chance. Feniscowles then hit the bar twice before half-time but were unable to grab a second, much to the relief of the home side.

The champs came out for the second half in determined mood and it wasn’t long before Lloyd completed his hat-trick when he fired into the roof of the net to make it 3-1. And when skipper McLean slammed home number four it looked as though it was game over for the visitors.

Rim then went in search of more goals but, again to Feniscowles’ credit, they worked hard to get back into the match and were rewarded for their endeavours as they grabbed a goal back, a ball into the channel finding a forward who just beat Kershaw to it and lifted it over the advancing keeper.

Another pacy counter-attack as Rim pushed forward brought about a third goal and suddenly Feniscowles sensed they may get something out of the game.

This became a distinct reality when they equalised, deservedly so as they exploited the space afforded to them thanks to the home side’s ‘gung-ho’ approach, and worse was to come as Kershaw spilled a shot at the feet of a forward who gleefully took full advantage of the keeper’s error to put his side in front for the first time in the game.

However, Rim are not the current champs for nothing and they showed great character in the way they responded. Dinsdale had a header just wide and Penman shot weakly at the keeper but the pressure told with just five minutes remaining when a defender blocked a Lloyd shot with his hand and the striker made no mistake from the resulting spot kick to level matters again.

In the last minute, the irrepressible Lloyd burst into the box turning and twisting defenders to make space to fire an unstoppable left foot shot into the far corner to send the home supporters into raptures, and snatching all 3 points to the dismay of the visitors.

Manager Terry Braithwaite was relieved to get the points but said he hoped letting in five would prove a wake-up call for the team.

“For some reason we were nowhere near our best today, too many players were ill-disciplined.

“We appeared as though we thought we could just score at every attack and to hell with defending. But we got away with it thanks to Lloydy’s amazing five goals.

“Perhaps this may be the little wake-up call we need as we have big games at Enfield and Worsthorne in the next two weeks. “We will get together to discuss how we need to improve, that’s for sure!’